Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Some of the global media industry's biggest names, including Google's executive chairman and a former president of Facebook, are poised to become backers of an emerging bid to buy Formula 1motor racing. Raine Group LLC, which was set up by the head of one of the world's biggest talent management agencies and two former Wall Street bankers, is in talks to join a consortium being assembled by Exor SpA, an Italian investment firm, and News Corporation. Full story: Sky Newsexternal-link

Greece is considering a bid to join the Formula 1 calendar by building a circuit in the town of Farres, 12 miles outside Patras, according to the country's Ta Nea newspaper. Full story: Planetf1.comexternal-link

Red Bull driver Mark Webber says he will need to be "inch perfect" to out-qualify team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the next race in Spain later this month. Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Webber is on target to secure a new contract with Red Bull for 2012, provided he continues to back up team-mate Sebastian Vettel as effectively as he did in the Turkish Grand Prix. (Autosport magazine)

Rubens Barrichello has warned Williams he is unwilling to stay with the team next year if they do not improve their poor form dramatically (Autosport magazine)

Ferrari added a drag-reducing 'shark-skin' coating to the undersurface of their front wing for the Turkish Grand Prix. (Autosport magazine)

Ferrari and Mercedes top the list of teams hoping to secure the services of Sam Michael's services next season, after he leaves Williams at the end of 2011 following his resignation last week (Autosport magazine)

The Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya will have one of the longest Drag Reduction System zones seen so far, to increase opportunities for overtaking. Full story:

Ferrari's Felipe Massa says he does not understand why his car is struggling so much in qualifying - but he thinks an increase in overtaking opportunities during races means qualifying is not as crucially important as it used to be. Full story: Speedtv.comexternal-link

Williams driver Rubens Barrichello says the team is missing a leader to help them snap out of a lacklustre start to the season. Full story: Autosportexternal-link

A new electronic Formula 1 book featuring contributions from all the drivers and team principals gives fans a new way of helping the process of reconstruction in Japan following the tsunami, with all money raised going to the Red Cross in Japan. Full story: Sauberexternal-link

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